A player may only represent one club in a season and must be a fully paid up member of Wedmore Tennis Club for that season, not temporary or visitors. Any match involving an ineligible player shall be forfeited 6-0 6-0 and the match points adjusted accordingly.
Team selection is based on a combination of a player’s performance level, player availability, attendance at league practice, partnership suitability and conduct on court. Ladies/Men’s Captains have the ultimate say over weekly team selection, and players are expected to move teams if requested by the Ladies/Men’s Captains, to help with overall team performance.
ETIQUETTE ON MATCH DAYS
All teams are expected to be courteous and friendly to their opponents at all times, and to act in a sporting manner, according to the club’s Code of Conduct. The home team is expected to provide and offer refreshments to visiting teams between rubbers and after matches.
Summer League matches start at 6.30 p.m. and play may not continue after 11pm for home matches. Winter League start time is by arrangement. If a pair is not ready 30 minutes after a scheduled start, they shall lose the first rubber, the score being 6-0, 6-0. If a team can only provide one pair (or three players in the Winter League), then they play and concede the first two rubbers 6-0, 6-0, this preferably with prior notification to the other club, and only on a maximum of two occasions. If the second pair has not arrived and is ready to play by 8.00 pm. (Summer) or 90 minutes after the scheduled start time (Winter), the second rubber will be conceded.
PAIRS 1 and 2
Pair 1 is generally the stronger pair and Pair 2 generally the weaker. The home team switches court between the two rubbers, the away team stays on the same court. Make sure you write all Pairs down on the match card before you start, so it is clear who is Pair 1 and Pair 2 from each team, from the outset.
Rubbers are the best of three sets, with standard L.T.A Tie Break in operation in all three sets at 6 all. A Championship Tie Break i.e. the first to 10 points with a margin of 2 points may only be played instead of the third set of the second round of rubbers, and only with the agreement of both captains. The score is recorded as 1 set (1 game to 0). This is only intended to help complete a match, if floodlights are about to be cut off due to time, or adverse weather conditions.
Both captains should agree at the start of the second rubber whether a Championship Tie Break will be played in the 3rd set or not. As a general rule, it is better to opt to play the third set if possible, (even if this means coming back to complete the match at a later date) because more games can be won from a set than a Championship Tie Break, and this might help in your overall league position at the end of the season.
Scoring – 1 point per set – 2 points per match. If a match is level on rubbers, the winners will be the team with most sets. If level on sets, the team with most games. If still level, the match points are split one to each team.
Matches can be postponed only because of bad weather conditions or because the courts are unfit to play. Postponed matches must be played within 14 days of the original fixture at the convenience of the home club. The home club offers two dates, these dates to be on different days of the week. This applies to all subsequent postponements. A new date for a postponed Winter League match should be fixed, although not necessarily played, within 14 days of the original fixture and the League Secretary notified. If a club cannot field a side on an agreed date, the match is forfeited 10-0. The home club should send in a Result Card in the normal way, recording that the match was conceded or a walkover. All Winter League matches should be completed by 31st March. Clubs should aim to play five matches by 31st December.
In the event of abandoning a match, the match continues at the point of abandonment. The same pairs need not be used. No player may take part in more than two rubbers in any one match or play against the same opponent in more than one rubber. The abandoned match must be rearranged and played within 14 days, the home side should offer two dates. This applies to all subsequent postponements.
FITNESS OF COURTS
The Home Captain is the sole judge of the fitness of the courts. In the event of an appeal against bad weather or light when a match is in progress, the Home Captain is the sole judge.
Players who have represented their clubs three times in a higher team may not subsequently play in a lower team that season. Any rubber involved with an ineligible player will be forfeited 6-0,6-0 and the match points adjusted accordingly. If the rubber is lost the club will be deducted two points.
Higher prefix teams take priority over lower ones. If a club concedes, or fields an incomplete team, when lower prefix teams play, the team conceding will be withdrawn from the league and all its results to that date will be deleted. However, any team that concedes a match during the season, without just cause, will be removed from the League.
The Home Captain should complete the Match Card and make sure Home and Away Captains sign it. The completed Match Card should then be posted through David Pottow’s letterbox – Bennelong House, Plud Street, Wedmore BS28 4BH. Match results should be notified to the Ladies/Mens Captain after the game.
8 new balls provided per match.
Captains should dry the balls after the match, if necessary, and either return to the Ladies/Men’s Captain, or leave in the ball cupboard in the Clubhouse.
The captain collects £2 match fee per player per match. Match fees to be passed on to the Ladies/Men’s Captain at the end of the season.
When all home courts are full, the lowest team will use Tony’s court for two rubbers. The team captain decides which pair will start on Tony’s court. If light fails, the second rubber may be completed at the home courts, subject to availability. Please remember to take refreshments up to Tony’s court, so you can host your opponents between rubbers.
A First Aid Kit is located in the Clubhouse, and there is a Travel First Aid Kit at Tony’s court, in his clubhouse, if required.